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ColaJazz Presents
Sun, 8-9 pm | October 3 - December 26

A collaboration between South Carolina Public Radio and The ColaJazz Foundation, ColaJazz Presents is a special limited series featuring performances from a diverse group of South Carolina’s top jazz musicians, plus interviews with the artists offering intimate perspectives into their lives, communities, and passion for music.

Join host Mark Rapp, executive director of The ColaJazz Foundation, Sunday nights, October 3-December 26, for a celebration of jazz from across the Palmetto State. And stay tuned to this page for videos of performances from the artists featured on the show.

ColaJazz Presents concerts are engineered by Matt Buck.

  • On our final episode of this season of ColaJazz Presents, saxophonist and Richland 1 Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon joins us to discuss his love of jazz and the importance of music education.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we're joined by fiddle player Jim Graddick, who along with guitarist/banjo player Randy Lucas and bassist Dave Holder make up the Randy Lucas Trio. The group is known for mixing jazz, bluegrass, blues, and pop to create their trademark unique and spontaneous sound.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we're joined by Brittany Turnipseed, a jazz and soul singer/writer based in Columbia, SC. Listening to her is an adventure through melody.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we welcome percussionist Gino Castillo to the show. Originally from Quito, Ecuador, he now calls Charleston home. Castillo's music is vibrant, sassy, and full of complex rhythms.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we're joined by guitarist, oudist, and composer Amos Hoffman.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we feature Greenville-based multi-instrumentalist Shannon Hoover, who plays bass, piano, and brass.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we speak with saxophonist Dante Lewis. A native of Columbia, SC, Lewis' sparkling personality comes through in his music, and he lives by the motto "the groove comes first."
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we welcome trumpeter, educator, composer, and all around Renaissance man Dick Goodwin to the show.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we welcome trumpeter, singer, and songwriter Charlton Singleton to the show. A native of Awendaw, SC, Singleton is a member of the Grammy Award-winning group Ranky Tanky as well as a solo artist. He's also the newly minted recipient of the SC Governor's Award for the Arts for Individual Artist.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we speak with vocalist and poet Eboni Ramm. When she's not performing around the Palmetto State, Ramm is teaching jazz poetry workshops in local schools, libraries, and community learning centers.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we welcome clarinetist and saxophonist Pete Neighbour to the show.The London native brings a unique 21st century style to swing era jazz music. When he's not leading bands in jazz clubs and concert halls across the United States and Europe, Neighbour is at home in his adopted city of Charleston, SC.
  • This week on ColaJazz Presents, we speak with pianist Shannon Pinkney. Born in Orangeburg, SC, he's also known as "True Blue" and "Blue Deon" Pinkney in jazz circles. His music exudes a sense of joy and calmness, and he always plays it with a smile. One of the signature elements of Pinkney's style is quoting a different tune in the middle of a song.